Feb 28, 2013 1:40am PST
a church even benedict admits is damaged by division. what would you like to see out of the next pope? >> i would like to see them make some serious changes. >> reporter: pope benedict will leave the vatican on a helicopter for his retreat outside of rome. he says he'll remove himself entirely from the public eye, dedicating the rest of his life to prayer and meditation. nick schifrin, abc news, rome. >> thank you, nick. stay with abc news on this historic day at the vatican. abc's george stephanopoulos will lead our live coverage today as the pope retires. you can find background on this remarkable transition at any time at abcnews.com. >>> well, the u.s. has reportedly embarked in its deepest involvement in syria since the start of the conflict. "the new york times" reports that the u.s. is training opposition rebels and today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to extend another helping hand. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications
Feb 27, 2013 1:40am PST
of thousands of roman catholics are at the vatican this morning for benedict's last general audience as pope. >> the historic transition before benedict's formal resignation tomorrow. it's wednesday, february 27th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and good morning, everybody. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm rob nelson. history is in the making at st. peter's square as the pope officially retires tomorrow and that's coming up in our top story. on top of that, we'll turn to northern texas where a 16-year-old driver with a stuck accelerator pedal managed to avoid crash after crash. the panicky situation with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. lucky is an understatement. >> wow. >>> also this morning, the debate over working at the office or working from home. after a surprising order from the top corporate executive. where are you the most productive? >> would you do this show from home if you could? >> in a heartbeat. actually, i do live here. >> feels like we do. >> we're here every night. >>> coming up later this half hour, chris brown and rihanna's relationship has been on and off.
Feb 18, 2013 2:05am EST
in june. his supporters in australia have put his name in the run for the senate. >>> pope benedict is behind closed doors for traditional lenten prayer. thousands gathered yesterday to say goodbye to the pope. he will host his last blessing next sunday followed by a nine general audience on february 27th, the day before he officially steps down. >>> an amazing fact about friday's meteor strike in russia. shockwaves were felt by nuclear sensors halfway around the world. friday's mid-air explosion over central russia had the force of 30 hiroshima nuclear bombs. more than half of the glass that was broken has been replaced. several so-called meteor pieces are already on sale on ebay, but as the saying goes, buyer beware. >> 1 million square feet of glass shattered when that hit. >> that is incredible. i need to go to my backyard and get some rocks. >> some meteor rocks. >> of course. let me clarify. >>> just a week after getting slammed by that monster blizzard, parts of the northeast are digging out from yet another big storm. northern new england got the worst of it with some cities
Feb 18, 2013 2:30am EST
benedict made one of his last public appearances as the leader of the roman catholic church. we'll explain what's next as he prepares to resign. >> just ten days from now. >> incredible that it's even happening. >>> and giving vision to people who cannot see. it could be the first fda approved bionic eye and we'll show you how it's making a huge difference in the lives of some. >>> later on this half hour, the kinky techniques described in the book "50 shades of gray." who's teaching the curious the lessons that may be difficult to forget? >> i must ask, have you ever read the book? >> i have not read the book? >> not interested or just haven't gotten around to it? >> well, with a baby, i don't have the time. >> we'll get do that more later in the show. >>> some sad news to start off the week about troubled country music star mindy mccready. place say she took her own life yesterday at her home in arkansas. her body was found on the front porch. >> she had been on the top of the country charts since the mid '90s until personal problems derailed her career. just last month her boyfriend die
Feb 25, 2013 3:00am PST
are facing pressure and criticism for alleged cases of sexual abuse. all that comes as pope benedict gets ready to resign on thursday. an estimated 100,000 people were at the vatican for benedict's final appearance is scheduled for wednesday to general audience. >>> the pope might be aging, but he's not as old as this guy. he's 101 years old. we're telling you about him only because he's finally hanging up his competitive running shoes at 101. >> remarkable. he's known as the world's oldest marathoner. yesterday he finished the last ten kilometers of the marathon in hong kong. as far as competing, he says it's time to retire, but he adds he might run again to raise money for charities. he's 101 years old. >> and by the way, he only took up running when he was 89 years old as a way to overcome the death of his wife and son, which happened in quick succession. a runner? >> i'll treadmill at the gym, but that's about it. >> congratulations at doing that at 101, things i can don't at 32. >> makes me think there might be a marathon in my future. >> when you turn 89. >> i'll wait until i'm 89.
Feb 20, 2013 2:35am EST
. in less than two weeks, pope benedict will step down and there are speculations about who is going to replace him. >> so what are the chances of an american becoming the next pope? abc's david wright lets us know. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart. cardinal sean, as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, plus sandals. even in winter in boston. >> he's a holy man, and a man of simplicity. wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope. >> reporter: the boston arch diocese he inherited was badly tainted. he sold off the cardinal's residence to pay off the victims and moved into a single room. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at that issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's been an unwritten rule, no pope from a superpower. but vatican watchers say times have changed. >> people realize a cardinal from the united states is not necessarily going to represent u.s. political interests. >> reporter: o'malley is
Feb 13, 2013 1:40am PST
more now about what retirement will be like for pope benedict. the soon-to-be retiree will live in a monastery and will likely give up his beloved theological writing because of his frail health. a spokesman revealed benedict has a pacemaker and recently underwent surgery. >> over the past few years, he's certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. not huge things. but a number of smaller ones, which take their toll. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weather. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. snow showers around fargo and the twin cities. morning rain from new orleans to the carolinas and d.c. rain changing over from snow from philly to new york. >> forts from boston to baltimore. 50s from atlanta to dallas and 50s in the pacific northwest. >>> we kn
Feb 26, 2013 1:40am PST
years old. >>> pope benedict has just days left as the leader of the roman catholic church and their scandal as a transition begins towards a new pope. abc's david wright reports from the vatican. >> reporter: britain's cardinal keith o'brian will not attend the conclave because his presence would be a distraction. this weekend, a british newspaper reported that four scottish priests claim o'brian made unwanted sexual advances on them in the '80s. allegations o'brian denies. it's the latest of several scandals to threaten the dignity of this ancient process. other voting cardinals are known to have covered up for pedophile priests. l.a.'s roger mahoney for one, president obama's former ambassador to the holy sea suggested mahoney consider bowing out too. >> he has to decide for himself in terms of what is in the best interest of the church. >> reporter: then there's the italian papers. full of reports of a dossier prepared for the pope's eyes only. supposedly detailing a sex and blackmail scandal inside the vatican. this is beginning to sound like a dan brown novel. >> well